It’s okay not to be okay. Often times we don’t give ourselves permission to just sit with our feelings. Really give them the attention and respect they deserve. Caring for your physical body is much easier than caring for your mind and spirit. However, if we are not emotionally healthy, our bodies will eventually pay the price!
Here are a few self-care practices for the mind
Express your feelings in a tangible or creative way. Journaling how you feel on paper can release emotions in a healthy way. Expressive writing has been shown to reduce stress, boost mood and strengthen emotional functions.
Ever heard the phrase “a healthy mind in a healthy body”? Exercise releases those feel-good endorphins that help promote better mood, sleep patterns, and reduces stress. In addition, helps with cognitive function and increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain. All it takes is 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises a day, 3-5 days a week. Walking, jogging, swimming, or even dancing.
Make time for stillness. When you feel anxious, sometimes being still can be really difficult. One of the best ways to embrace stillness and restore mental balance is through meditation. There are several different methods of meditations such as, Kundalini, yoga, and guided meditations. It’s a great way to develop more self-awareness and spiritual strength. I highly recommend The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation by Gabby Bernstein.
Mindfulness is all about being aware of the present moment. This self-care practice has been linked to lower-levels of stress, anxiety and fear. Being mindful means to not judge negative feelings or thoughts but to allow yourself to feel them and release. One of my favorite mantras I share with my best friend, Jenifer, is “Feel but don’t set up camp there”. Want to read more about mindfulness? Check out my blog post 25 Ways to Add Mindfulness to Your Daily Practice.
Phones, computers, televisions…they provide so much distraction and noise. You can’t truly be still and present with your notifications going off or constant noise and stimulation around you. Start with spending at least one hour on a digital detox. Quiet and still.
Your brain takes care of your thoughts and movements, your breathing and heartbeat, your senses — it works hard 24/7, even while you’re asleep. This means your brain requires a constant supply of fuel. That “fuel” comes from the foods you eat — and what’s in that fuel makes all the difference. Put simply, what you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain and, ultimately, your mood. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps regulate sleep and appetite, mediate moods, and inhibit pain. Since about 95% of your serotonin is produced in your gut (also known as your second brain), providing your body with vegetables, fruits, unprocessed grains and wild-caught seafood is essential to a healthy body and mind.
Beginner’s Guide to Meditation by Gabby Bernstein
Do you have any other self-care tips you would like to share? Tell me in the comments below.